Taste of the Nation serves up food, wine and beer for charity in Miami Beach

Lindsay Matute and executive chef Josh Capon of Lure Fishbar at the 2014 Taste of the Nation South Florida.

One of the year’s premier walk-around eating and drinking events is coming up at 7 p.m. July 16 at the Loews Miami Beach (1601 Collins Ave.): Taste of the Nation South Florida, to benefit Share Our Strength’s #NoKidHungry campaign to end childhood hunger. 

A ticket to Taste of the Nation, now in its 27th year, includes bites from about 50 South Florida restaurants, plus pours of wines and spirits, and — new to this year’s Taste — a craft beer garden featuring local favorites J Wakefield, Concrete Beach, Wynwood Brewing, Funky Buddha, Biscayne Bay and Miami Brewing Co.

You can also take part in live and silent auctions, view a display of work from local artists, and — with a VIP ticket — get into the main event an hour earlier and eat and drink more at an after-party at Lure Fishbar. 

Participating restaurants include: 3030 Ocean; American Social; Beaker & Gray; Blackbrick Chinese; BLT Prime; Blue Collar; Chef Adrianne’s; Cibo; Edge; Finka; Glass & Vine; HaVen; Joe’s Stone Crab; Kuro; La Mar; Little Palm Island; Loews; Lure; Makoto; MC Kitchen; Meat Market; Mignonette; My Ceviche; Naked Lunch; Naked Taco; Norman Love Confections; Palate Party; Palme d’Or; PB Station; Piripi; Quality Meats; Red Ginger; Red the Steakhouse; Rock Star Pastries; Seagrape; Shake Shack; StripSteak; Sugarcane; Susie’s Scrumptious Sweets; SuViche; Temple Street Eatery; The Café at Books & Books; The Dutch; The Forge; The Oceanaire Seafood Room; The Redlander; Tongue & Cheek; Truluck’s; Whisk; Wild Sea; Wynwood Kitchen; and Yardbird. 

The main event runs from 7 to 10 p.m. on the 16th; tickets are $125. For VIP entry at 6 p.m. plus access to the after-party, tickets are $250. Tickets available at CE.NoKidHungry.org/SouthFlorida.